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Old 01-30-2013   #7
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Default Re: NFL players experimenting with military grade EXO Skeleton CRT pads in their helm

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Originally Posted by CloakNNNdagger View Post
Unfortunately, military helmets are developed to try to minimize penetration by "missiles" and minimize concussive direct hits to the head.........to try to avoid death or acute intracranial life-threatening bleed.......from a singular or very limited number of events..............not recurring traumas over long periods of time. They are not meant to successfully protect the brain from automatic fire hits on a daily basis over periods of years.
when you get a chance to read the entire article you will find that it isn't a puff piece for the league (not saying that you are implying that). It's well written and takes a moment to read (five pages long) but addresses the concussion issue with all due cynicism.

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It’s hard to hear about guys like Webster and Henry and the 300 former players suing the NFL for negligence and not want desperately to believe in the miracle of Kevlar. But the evidence Kevlar protects players from brain injury is, so far, slim. Unequal Technologies is not, under the rules, modifying padding already installed in approved equipment. It is only bolstering the existing pads, and so Kevlar has not been subject to testing by the NFL or NHL. “Kevlar has come up at some of our meetings, but nothing substantial,” said Dr. Henry Feur, a member of the NFL’s Head Neck and Spine Committee and a team physician for the Indianapolis Colts. “Reducing the G-forces in a collision may help with concussions, but it has yet to be proven. I don’t think Kevlar is going to address the ultimate problem, which is the brain crashing against the skull.”
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“We call that the risk-compensation theory,” Tator said. “Hockey equipment used to be defensive equipment, but they’ve turned into offensive equipment to actually inflict damage on the opponent.”The bigger danger is that reinforcing helmets with Kevlar – providing “Novocaine for the brain” – could compound the epidemic of concussions by providing athletes with a false sense of security. Two weeks after sustaining “concussion-like symptoms,” both Polamalu and Bergeron returned to the field with Kevlar in their helmets.“My number one concern is that if these guys are retrofitting their helmets, are there other things going on that would indicate they’re at higher risk,” said UPMC’s Michael Collins.
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